We are excited to present a series of interviews with persons of interest in the Kansas City construction community. This series is going to discuss changes in materials, trends, and challenges that 2020 has presented in their market segment of KC Construction.
Q: What new color trends are you seeing?
A: I really like that some flooring mills are coming out with more bold and bright colors. That is great for elementary school design. Dull colors just feel dated, going bold is definitely better. The high contrast between darks and lights are great, too. Glad that is taking hold in the commercial market.
Q: Are there any new types of materials now being avoided?
A: LVT is really popular, and I don't avoid it; however, I am nervous that it won't hold up over time, at least in commercial environments, due to the heavy furniture being moved around. I prefer a polished concrete or resilient; although, they also have drawbacks, like higher pricing. Personally, I would like to see linoleum used more again.
A: It's had a really big impact. We were at the tail end of design development on my project, and had to immediately stop having on-site meetings, and then moved to zoom calls. Half of us were presenting and half were watching the client's facial expressions. It is much harder to read clients in virtual meetings, which makes it difficult, too. Also, instead of having normal meetings every two weeks that lasted a few hours, we started having them a couple of times a week, and they were shorter. Therefore, it took up more of our time. Collaboration is harder, as well, even though technology has come so far. We are now using MS Teams a lot and I feel it will be used from now on.
Q: Is there an impact on material selections?
A: Not yet. At least not on my current project. I started using Material Bank (MB) a lot more because it was easier. I can also easily send back to MB versus the reps. We do like made in the USA now more than ever because of COVID issues and delays.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about designing for schools today?
My current client seems to be working to make sure school can resume “normally” in the Fall; however, I think there are a lot of behind-the-scenes discussions taking place about the reality of our current situation, and how to keep our kids and teachers safe as school resumes. Likewise, we don’t have as much access to the facilities due to COVID, and there are additional hoops to go through to get on site. Add it all together and it becomes a more challenging process.
In Kansas CIty's lowest income neighborhoods, research estimates only one book is owned, in the home, per 300 children. Reach Out and Read Kansas City is doing all they can to bridge this gap so that all children in the Kansas City area have books to call their own.
At Lucas Commercial Flooring, we wanted to find a way to help Reach Out and Read accomplish their book goals. What a better way than hosting a book drive and collect as many new and gently-used books as we can!
When most people hear that we specialize in commercial flooring, they think of large-scale projects. However, if you have a patch or a small replacement, Lucas Commercial Flooring is here for your service projects, as well.
Whether it is replacing one office or repairing a few planks, think of Lucas Commercial Flooring Group for your next service project!
Sometimes a project comes along that when you meet the people involved you know it is going to be a special project. Youthfront's new corporate office buildings was one of those special projects. Natasha Nikkel cam into Lucas Commercial Flooring's office in 2016 looking for a little help with the finish selections on their new office building. Immediately, we could tell Natasha was a stylish person with an idea of what she wanted to see reflected in the office building.
We were pleased to see the outcome of the project at Youthfront's open house on June 20, 2019, and we congratulate them on a successful project that will give them a long-lasting home in the 47!
Columbia SDA Church was in the process of selecting a new carpet for several areas in their building, including the sanctuary, classrooms, and lobby, when Lucas Commercial Flooring Group connected with one of the committee members. The committee had been working on making a carpet selection for the church, but the quotes they had received didn’t give the committee much information on what to expect from the materials quoted.
The church didn’t want to replace their flooring with just anything, they wanted to find a product that, with proper maintenance, would last 10-15+ years without blowing their budget. Reviewing samples for styles and colors that worked with the facility, Dana explained how the carpet backing, type and shape of the fibers, ounce weight and height of the loops, and dying process of the fibers all went into the longevity of the product. She then worked with the committee to rank the samples on value, considering both quality and pricing in the ranking.
The final selection was a carpet tile with a rubber backing, type 6,6 nylon fibers, 22 oz. level loop, a mix of solution and space dyed fibers, and a gorgeous pattern that will provide the Columbia SDA Church a flooring solution that will be beautiful for many years!